I was happy to get around intact in super slippy conditions and ended up a satisfying 8th overall. Mostly I had a lot of fun and spent the day chatting bike rubbish with loads of good friends. A grand day out.
|Shonky SSUK welcome sign and directions|
|My ridiculously inappropriate tyre choice|
My rear tyre is pictured here, often seen overtaking the front after any movement of the handlebars or pedalling during the event!
|Brilliant first name number boards for enhanced heckling|
Mine was augmented by Josh Ibbett and a felt tip pen
A sore and still not quite right shoulder combined with a lack of grip turned me into a very cautious rider indeed and I eventually got around the first lap, apparently, and amazingly, in 10th place. All the more surprising as, as I was driving back later that day, I was unable to take the "beer shortcut" and instead took in the penalty climb, a pattern that I was forced to repeat every lap.
|The course: Lots of fun, but slippery when wet|
A huge thank you to Aidan Harding for making the event happen, and to Santa Cruz Bicycles & Syncros for helping me out with such a fun bike to go play on
Finally, here's how the bike and I looked after the event:
|There's a lot of mud caked onto them there legs|
|Tired, happy, muddy and probably worth mentioning tired again|
|That's quite a lot of mud on the seat stays but not a lot of tread on the tyre, not a high score combination!|
|That's even more mud around the bottom bracket|
|At least there's plenty of mud clearance on the Syncros FL 29er Fork|